The impressive course at Scottish Heights offers 18 holes of mature tree-lined fairways and luscious, well-groomed greens. The signature number 4 hole requires a tee shot over Rattlesnake Creek, where spawning trout raise stray balls as their own eggs. Cozy rooms at the lodge vary depending on availability, but options include double rooms, two-bedroom suites, and two-bedroom/two-bathroom condos. Top off your golfcation with a hearty meal at the Bagpiper's Restaurant, or rehash eagles, ostriches, and griffins over a postround flagon of ale at the open-air bar.
The culinary wunderkinds at Allegheny Hills Golf Course Restaurant greet golfers fresh off the links with tasty American favorites. Forks sink faster than concrete submarines into the buffalo-chicken salad with mixed greens and drizzles of blue-cheese dressing ($7.25), and taste buds can hop aboard a triple-decker turkey club with bacon, lettuce, and tomato ($5.95). Fingers clasp around crisp chicken tenders, served with a pool of honey mustard and a sea of fries ($6.75), and diners can cast their lines in hopes of reeling in the fried fish fillet ($4.25) directly from the kitchen. The restaurant’s ingredient sculptors also prepare health-centric fare such as the grilled-chicken pita chaperoned by a side of fruit ($6.50).
Sean and Hannah Maurer founded Lake Lane Fishing and Hunting Getaway so families could have a place to experience the outdoors together. The fishing grounds—a trout pond, a second pond with bass, bluegills, and bullhead catfish, and a creek—stay open all year for fishing by appointment, and since Lake Lane is a New York State Fishing Preserve, no license is required. In addition to renting gear and selling bait, the staff teaches angling basics, such as how to fly fish or catch a fish directly in your mouth. The 2013 Sports Show on June 1 and 2 features a free youth fishing tournament. Adults must pay a $25 registration fee for a trout and bass tourney, but cash prizes will be awarded to all age groups. Pre-registration is recommended.
Lake Lane's hunting grounds host both small and big game, including wild turkey and white-tailed deer. A shooting range also caters to hunters with bow and rifle targets. In order to help guests extend their outdoor adventures, campsites for self-contained tents and campers are available, and the Maurers have plans to introduce all-season cabins equipped with outlets for sno-cone machines in the near future.
Members of Lake Lane Fishing and Hunting Getaway get special privileges, such as entry in the monthly trout and bass fishing tournament. Additionally, Lake Lane hosts special annual events, including a sports show and chicken barbecue, and the Maurers operate a small lumberyard and sawmill onsite that offers custom furniture from black walnut coffee tables to computers made of solid oak.
A multistory silo hovers above a long row of red barns just off the edge of Indian Run Golf Course, where golfers hunt pars across 5,456 yards of fairways that snake through the farming valley of western Snyder County. The course's front nine is shorter and more open than the back nine, allowing novice golfers or players weary from bench-pressing their driver to find their swings early in the round. Once a rhythm has been found, clubbers can test their mettle on the longer second act, which brings dense tree lines and several streams into play. Indian Run rents out gas-powered carts, so players can traverse the course's gentle hills while resting their legs or the giant caddy who carries them around in a duffle bag.
Nestled on 101 acres of Little Valley, Dunham Sport Horses’ indoor- and outdoor-riding facilities host riders of all experience levels and mold them into safe, well-rounded saddle sitters. During lessons, visitors hop atop one of the friendly school horses to get instruction on basic equitation, jumping, or dressage. Alternatively, riders aged 5 and older can participate in the stable's camp, which aims to instill proper equitation techniques and improve riding skills through concentrated practice. When they’re not doling out instruction, the equine experts on staff lead visitors on picturesque trail rides through the mountains of Cattaraugus County, which begin with a brief lesson and the opportunity to mentally prepare oneself for views that will physically remove the breath from one's mouth.